Once a small artists' colony, Cannon Beach still plays host to a number of local galleries scattered throughout the town. Cedar-shingled boutiques dot the downtown shopping district, where visitors can also find several restaurants and wine bars.The town’s greatest draw, though, is its natural, coastal grandeur. Paying a visit to Haystack Rock is a must, but nearby Ecola State Park offers a more panoramic view of the Oregon coast. Here, hikers navigate forest trails once traversed by the Lewis and Clark Expedition, passing through towering sitka spruces, douglas firs, and western hemlock and pausing at ocean overlooks to espy migrating gray whales in the distance.
The Ultimate Tan & Med Spa's locations house traditional and UV-free tanning equipment alongside teams that are certified to perform a slate of med-spa and salon treatments. Cosmetic injectables, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels aim to restore epidermal radiance, and ThinSpa weight-loss plans and CelluPulse cellulite-removal treatments help clients shift into a svelter shape. To soothe away accumulated stresses, massage therapists customize sessions to each client?s unique needs, drawing from a range of modalities to leave musculature more relaxed than a zen master?s stress ball.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles. Helpful assistants are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Shareece Aiken's first encounter with massage therapy was as a client. But after experiencing its many benefits—including pain management and overall health—she decided to spread the goodwill by becoming a licensed massage therapist herself. Years later, Shareece is still helping others by tailoring treatments to individual concerns. This may include plying sore muscles with fluid Swedish strokes, or accessing aches in connective tissues with firmer, deep-tissue kneads. Shareece can also melt tension from backs with specialty hot stone therapy.
The healing specialists at RoseSprings Center take aim at toxins, heavy metals, and other environmental nogoodniks, cleansing blemished bodies and strengthening immune systems with a trio of alternative-medicine treatments. Warm human hides during a half-hour recline on the amethyst bio-mat, a therapy aimed at assuaging musculoskeletal pain and enhancing circulation with its 17 layers of space-age materials. Designed to slide stress and stiffness from surfaces, each bio-mat session targets the amount of calories equivalent to 30 minutes of rowing, jogging, or kangaroo boxing. Once toasty, guests attempt to free tootsies from lingering contaminants with an NRG footbath, a medicinal soak combining bubbly surges of water with crud-busting bioelectrical currents. Maintain spritely steps with a finishing Zyto Compass nutritional analysis, which crunches computer-generated digital signatures to determine what vitamin supplements respond best to bodily systems and which ones will fall on your chi's deaf ears.
With more than 20 locations in the greater Portland metro area and more throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths or high-pressure tanning beds. The salons also offer dozens of varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.